More snow possible over Cape

2013-08-30 10:15
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Cape Town - More snow is possible over the weekend as Cape Town shivers in the grip of winter, the South African Weather Service has said.

Social networks are abuzz with reports of snow on Table Mountain as well as from the area near Stellenbosch and Somerset West in the Western Cape.

"The freezing level is about 3 900 feet [1 188m]; Table Mountain's height is about 3 500 feet [1 066m] so it is not impossible," Jan Crous chief meteorological technician at the SA Weather Service told News24 about the possibility for more snow.

On Twitter users celebrated the snow.

"Cape Town is icy cold. Snow capped mountains all around the City this morning. Keep warm," tweeted radio host Aden Thomas (@adenthomas) who also included a picture.

Protection

Twitter user NuNaS (@NunasQueenie) reflected the excitement of locals, tweeting: "Snow!!!! Somerset West, Cape Town!!!"

Crous said that continued snowfalls in the area were unlikely as the system was weakening.

"There can be some further snow falls today and tonight over the high-lying areas and abating from tomorrow [Satuday]. Tomorrow there's only a 30% chance for rain showers for the greater Cape Town region," said Crous.

The snow though, while it is exciting for many locals, is fairly typical for this time of year.

"It's fairly typical; it's still winter. As you can recall, last year in August I think it was around the ninth, a big system also moved through and the roads were closed over the Sutherland regions because of snowfalls," Crous said.

He warned that there was a risk to those who were exposed to the cold temperatures for extended periods without protection.

The temperatures is expected to have minimums below 10°C for the forecast period and it is essential to ensure that one is adequately clothed for the conditions.

"It is very cold so if you're outside for extended periods you can... I suppose you can die if you're outside without protection," warned Crous.


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